If you are 40 years old or older, it is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you based on your age.
Age discrimination for individuals 40 and over is a violation of California law under the Fair and Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces federal age discrimination laws, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). Age discrimination cases generally require exhausting administrative remedies before the individual can file a lawsuit against the employer.
Age discrimination is established by showing that a job applicant or employee that is 40 years of age or older was denied an employment benefit due to the job applicant or employee's age. Examples of denied employment benefits include:
- Denied equal pay
- Denied medical leave
- Denied promotion
- Failure to promote
- Forced to quit
- Reduction in salary
Contact the Law Office of Catherine Chukwueke to discuss your potential case.